Judges announce finalists for the 2017 GLOBE Community Awards

Business leaders, volunteers, sports people, researchers and community groups all make up the list of incredible finalists across ten categories for the 2017 GLOBE Community Awards.

GLOBE President David Micallef was blown away by this year’s nominees: “We received 80 nominations, our highest number yet, and the caliber of the nominees was just amazing,” says David.

“The awards are an opportunity for us to recognise the great work of those people that are making a real impact in Victoria’s LGBTI community.”

“With the Same Sex Marriage Postal Survey now going ahead, there has never been a more important time to build up our community, celebrate our successes and our unsung heroes, and highlight that we all belong,” adds David.

Winners will be announced at the GLOBE Community Awards Gala on Saturday, 28 October 2017.

The gala event raises funds for the 2018 GLOBE Community Grants, supporting LGBTI community groups, a scholarship and a small business grant.

GLOBE Melbourne gave out grants totaling $25,000 this year and hopes to raise an impressive amount to support the community in next year’s grants.

“The gala awards night is our chance to celebrate our community, and this year we will use the awards to promote momentum for the Yes campaign for equal marriage rights in Australia,” says David.

Go to http://awards.globemelbourne.com.au to book tickets for the awards. Dress to impress in Black Tie, or Rainbow Tie (your own fabulous interpretation).

Finalists for the GLOBE Community Awards 2017 are:

A Healthy Community

  • PrEPaccesssNow
  • Re-Wired Program, VAC
  • queerspace

Protecting Our Community, Sponsored by Lander & Rogers Lawyers

  • VAC & GLLO LGBTI Beat Safety Patrol
  • RMIT University
  • Dr James Roffee and Dr Andrea Waling, Monash University and La Trobe University

Connecting Our Community

  • Midsumma Festival
  • Purple Bombers
  • Minus18
  • Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and shOUT Youth Chorus

ANZ Excellence in Business Award

  • GLEE@PWC Victoria
  • Maxwell Gratton, FFV
  • Vau d’vile Drag Cabaret

Think HQ Media Excellence Award

  • David McCarthy, Joy 94.9
  • Matthew Wade, Star Observer
  • Mark Kearney, Bendigo Advertiser

Artist of the Year, Sponsored by RMIT

  • Miller Soding, Singer/Songwriter and Dedicated Volunteer at Joy 94.9
  • Mama Alto, Gender transcendent diva, cabaret artiste, jazz singer & community activist
  • Marco Ryan, Multidisciplinary Artist, Animator & Creative Technologist

John Marriott Sportsperson of the Year

  • Jason Buckner, Glamourhead Sharks
  • Meredith ‘Maxi’ Williams, Melbourne Argonauts and Athlete for Life (Be in it!)
  • Sebastian Delfino, Team Melbourne

Straight Ally of the Year

  • Angie Green, CEO Stand Up Events
  • Associate Professor Michelle Telfer, Paediatrician and Trans Medicine Specialist
  • Bec Dahl, Presenter Joy 94.9

Volunteer of the Year

  • Sally Tia Conning, Transgender Advocate, Educator and Speaker
  • Jimmy Twin, Dedicated LGBTI Community Volunteer
  • Myka Williams, VAC

Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year

  • Anthony Wallace, Equal Love Campaign Coordinator
  • Melissa Griffiths, Transgender Advocate
  • Micah Scott, CEO Minus18
  • Dolly Diamond, Dedicated Volunteer, LGBTI Supporter and Performer

RMIT helps our awards look for the next Artist of the Year

The GLOBE Community Awards are proud to announce that the Artist of the Year Award will this year be sponsored by RMIT.

RMIT have been a strong supporter of the awards and we are proud to have them as a part of this prestigious award. We have had some amazing winners of this award including Dolly Diamond in 2014, Lisa Daniel in 2015 and Gavin Roach in 2016.

We can’t wait to see the entries into this years awards. If you are, or know of an inspiring artist in Victoria’s LGBTI community – nominate here.

GLOBE Community Awards looking for PR and video support

Are you a public relations agency or practitioner who wants to contribute to Victoria’s LGBTI community – or an emerging practitioner who wants to use their experience on one of Victoria’s premier events?

Are you a videographer who would love to help capture some of the most inspiring stories from our community?

The GLOBE Community Awards are ramping up for 2017 ahead of the awards night on Saturday 28 October, and we are looking for help to get our stories out there. We have the following opportunities coming up that we are looking for video and public relations support for:

  • Finalist period – We need support getting the stories of our finalists out into the community ahead of our awards night.
  • Awards night – We need video and PR support during our awards night to help celebrate our inspiring stories.

If you are available to support GLOBE, contact us at awards@globemelbourne.com.au

For more information about our awards, check out our website.

One month to go! Nominate now for the GLOBE Community Awards

Nominations for the GLOBE Community Awards close at midnight on 13 August 2017!

The GLOBE Community Awards recognise the inspiring work in Melbourne’s LGBTI communities and we are seeking nominations in the following categories:

  • A healthy community – This category is open to any organisation or individual for work in improving the physical and/or mental health of the LGBTI community in Victoria through either research, health promotion or the delivery of health activities within the community.
  • Connecting the LGBTI community – This category is open to all organisations, including corporates, community and social groups that help bring together the GLBTI community.
  • ANZ Excellence in business – This category is open to organisations and individuals for outstanding achievement in business. The aim of this category area is to highlight the contribution that is made by business and professionals, and to recognise their commitment to LGBTI diversity.
  • Protecting our community – This category is open to any organisation and individual for work in keeping our community safe and/or in advancing the human rights of people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex community.
  • Media excellence – Awarded to a journalist, presenter or program in LGBTI media for exceptional work in media or broadcasting.
  • Artist of the year – Awarded to a Victorian LGBTI artist for exceptional work in the performing arts, visual arts, music or film.
  • Straight ally of the year – Awarded to recognise a non-LGBTI individual for work in supporting the LGBTI community.
  • Volunteer of the year – To recognise the work of a Victorian LGBTI individual who has shown outstanding commitment through volunteer work in our community.
  • John Marriott Sports person of the year – Awarded for outstanding achievement in any sport by a Victorian GLBTI individual.
  • Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year – Awarded to a LGBTI person of any age for outstanding and exceptional work in supporting the LGBTI community.

For information on the nomination process and guidelines – visit our nomination page.

New process for nominating in this year’s GLOBE Community Awards

Nominations for the GLOBE Community Awards are now open and those nominating have a new process to make it easier for this year’s awards.

It is free to nominate, and nominations are being sought in ten categories and close at midnight on 13 August 2017.

This year, the nomination process is being delivered through the online portal Award Force, with nominees asked to register their details and answer questions related to the award criteria. The online form process is easy to use and nominees can start and save applications, then continue and finalise them right up until the deadline.

Thinking of submitting a nomination? Follow these steps:

  • Check out our award categories and consider which category your nomination fits under. Don’t forget to also look at the terms and conditions of entry.
  • Get some inspiration from our finalist and awards winners on our Awards News page. Scroll through the stories to revisit all the finalists in our categories and read through their stories.
  • Register yourself on our Awards Force portal so that we know you are thinking about a nomination. Registration is easy (hint: you can use your Facebook or Twitter profile!).
  • Check out our GLOBE Awards Entry Guidelines 2017 and start writing your answers to the nomination criteria.
  • Finish your nomination and submit by the final date: midnight 13 August 2017.

Good luck with your nomination!

New judges, new location, new day – nominations open for the 2017 GLOBE Community Awards

Nominations have opened for the 4th annual GLOBE Community Awards – which this year will be held on Saturday 28 October 2017.

Run by the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of Business and Enterprise (GLOBE), the awards celebrate the inspiring work within Victoria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex communities.

Supported by the Victorian Government and a range of sponsors including ANZ and VicHealth, the awards have become a strong beacon in Victoria’s LGBTI communities to recognize the inspiring work and devotion that organisations and individuals put into supporting their community.

Last year, the major award was taken out by transgender teen Georgie Stone, who continues to champion the rights of transgender youth by lobbying for legislative reform to gain access to appropriate and timely treatments.

President of GLOBE, David Micallef says they expect a strong calibre of nominations this year. “I am continually amazed by the level of work, the dedication and the support that individuals and organisations place into the LGBTI community.

“This is what makes Victoria the best place to be if you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or are an ally of our communities.”

This year, the GLOBE Community Awards will be making a number of changes, including moving from their previous home to the new Glasshouse events space at Olympic Park.

“Myer Mural Hall has been a great home for us for the last three years, but we have now outgrown the size of the venue – which is testament to the success of the awards. The new venue, will help us make sure that everyone who wants to be a part of the event, can be.”

Farrah Tomazin, Peter HItchener, Lady Mayoress Emma Page-Campbell and David Hannam will be returning to judge nominations, and will be welcoming two new judges: Elisabeth Tuckey, CEO of youth homelessness organization Ladder, and 2016 GLOBE Community Awards winner Georgie Stone.

Nominations for the awards will close on 13 August 2017.

Organisations and individuals are encouraged to apply for the awards under ten categories In 2017, awards will be given in the following categories:

  • • A healthy community
  • • Connecting the LGBTI community
  • • ANZ Excellence in business
  • • Protecting our community
  • • Media excellence
  • • Artist of the year
  • • Straight ally of the year
  • • Volunteer of the year
  • • John Marriott Sports person of the year
  • • The GLOBE LGBTI Person of the Year

For more information, visit www.globemelbourne.com.au/awards

GLBTI change makers recognised as winners of the GLOBE Community Awards

The winners of the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards were announced at the third annual gala on Friday night hosted by the hilarious Judith Lucy.

Around 400 people attended the gala event at Myer Mural Hall to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals and groups who serve the GLBTI community. The event, this year, was delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government.

GLOBE President David Micallef is proud of the entire GLBTI community: “So many people work hard to make our community great; this is hardly an exhaustive list,” says David.

“Here we recognised some of the great change makers, whom are leading the way equality in Victoria and in Australia,” adds David.

The major award, GLBTI Person of the Year went to Georgie Stone, a young transgender woman who has put herself forward to change laws and ease the path of those who follow. At sixteen years old, Georgie stands as an advocate for the entire community.

“Georgie is doing work that will change the lives of millions of young transgender people in years to come. Without her, and her families willingness to stand up and put themselves forward, our laws may still be restricting the lives of young transgender people who need to live their true lives,” says David.

“Every GLBTI Person of the Year finalist was under 30 this year, which shows that we, as a community, are building a legacy that builds our young people up to stand for their own views.”

“We must continue with this foundation that allows you GLBTI Australians to have a strong voice. We must always listen to every generation for the perspective they bring,” adds David.

David congratulated all of this year’s finalists and winners: “Year on year we see an incredible caliber of nominees who do inspirational work to support those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex in our community.”

The GLOBE Community Awards are the only awards to recognise excellence in Victoria’s GLBTI community. In 2016 the judges were once again challenged to shortlist an extraordinary pool of nominations and ultimately decide on winners.

The winners of the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards:


A Healthy Community – Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre

Connecting the GLBTI Community – SWAG Albury/Wodonga

ANZ Excellence in business – LGBTI Jobs

Protecting our community, sponsored by Lander & Rogers – Blue Cross, Proud to be Me

Media excellence – James Findlay

Artist of the year- Gavin Roach

Straight ally of the year, sponsored by IBM – Matt Finnis, St Kilda Football Club

Volunteer of the year – Rebecca Bauer, Melbourne Inclusive Church

The John Marriot Sportsperson of the year, sponsored by AESOP – Cassio Muniz Goncalves, Melbourne Spikers

MCV Peoples Choice Award – Roz Ward

Victorian GLBTI Person of the year – Georgie Stone

Meet the amazing media people in our community

The Media Excellence Award in the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards celebrate great work in media and broadcasting in our community.

These individuals keep us informed, entertained and/or champion key issues for the GLBTI community through a range of different media, including radio, TV, print and online.

Meet the 2016 finalists:

Dean Arcuri, Same Same

Dean has been a pillar in the GLBTIQ community as is demonstrated through his achievements particularly over the past year. Dean has been instrumental in driving the readership for samesame.com in Melbourne. Dean embeds himself in the GLBTIQ community to ensure that he understands each of their perspectives , which has allowed him to produce material that captures the essence and the functions of each subgroup.

Mark Kearney, Bendigo Advertiser

In eight months at the Bendigo Advertiser, Mark has been determined to write about the experiences of samesex attracted, sex and gender diverse people living in central Victoria on every possible occasion.

Mark recognises the media’s critical role in educating the community about the prejudice that continues to be directed towards LGBTI people.

Alice Clarke

She has been a freelance journalist for the last ten years, mostly writing for the Herald Sun, as well as for Cherrie Magazine, MCV and Curve Magazine. Alice was nominated for her work in her regular Herald Sun opinion column. In her column she tries to explain and normalize LGBTI issues for a conservative and occasionally hostile audience, including writing about our personal journey to have children.

James Findlay

In the past 12 months James has overseen the direction of content and the on-air sound of JOY 94.9, including all weekday and specialist programs across 168 hours of programming each week.

This includes the introduction of LGBTIQ current affairs to the airwaves by way of The Informer, JOY’s nightly current affairs program (Monday-Thursday). After months of recruitment for the right dedicated, talented team, James introduced The Informer to air in April and the program has been a huge success.

Meet the finalists who are protecting the GLBTI community

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The GLOBE Community Awards recognise the important and inspiring work that happens in Victoria’s GLBTI community.

The Protecting Our Community Award category, sponsored by Lander and Rogers, recognises organisations and programs that increase the safety or advance human rights in our community.

Meet the finalists for this year’s awards:

Victorian Public Sector Pride Network, Supportive and Understanding Human Resource Teams – Established to motivate workplace inclusion for the LGBTI and wider community, VPSPN has contributed to providing better insight into policy, development and improved service outcomes to cater for the community it serves. An active voice in the government’s roll out of the ‘LGBTI Inclusion Plan 2016-2017’ and ‘Pride in Diversity’, the team strives to nurture and support LGBTI individuals in the workplace.

Blue Cross, Proud to be Me – An all-inclusive program for BlueCross employees, this initiative was devised to encourage diversity and cohesion. Motivated by the introduction of the first National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy, the program is aimed to support staff in their clinical and overall care of clients despite their preference in sexuality, gender identity or intersex status. Through the ‘Proud to be Me’ program, BlueCross is devoted to offering an understanding, supportive and nurturing environment to both their clients and staff.

Victorian Local Governance Association, Local Government Turns Rainbow – An annual forum, established in April this year, was attended by councillors and council officers throughout Victoria. This forum launched to educate attendees of the LGBTI community on their needs and rights, providing support and social activities and how to actively consult and engage with the community. The ‘Local Government Turns Rainbow’ meeting is aimed to assist local government professionals to better support, collaborate and work alongside the LGBTI community to creative a more cohesive and inclusive environment.

Joy 94.9 – Since 1993, this independent, volunteer-based radio station has been the voice of the ever-diverse and vibrant gay and lesbian community. Asserting freedom of expression and celebrating the LGBTI culture, achievements and pride has been at the forefront of this radio station’s ethos. 329,000 + people tune in to be updated on music, talkback, news and current affairs, arts and cultural programs that interest the LGBTI and wider community. Joy FM supports the community through offering 450 free service announcements on behalf of organisations that are aligned with the LGBTI community.

Meet our Healthy Community Finalists

The Healthy Community award at the GLOBE Community Awards celebrates organisations who work hard to protect the physical and mental health of those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender in Victoria.

Meet the finalists for the 2016 Healthy Community Award:

Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre offer the trans and gender diverse community general medical care, mental health checks, a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) clinic, support for trans people living with HIV, and sex work checkups.

Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing outcomes of children and adolescents who experience gender dysphoria.

GLBTIQ Sports Festival, Team Melbourne the Sports Festival is the single largest annual event of its kind in Australia. GLBTIQ sport and recreation in Melbourne and aims to do three things; to get more of the GLBTIQ community involved in sport, promote the important health benefits to sport participation, and to build a stronger connection across Victoria’s GLBTIQ sporting and recreation groups.

Queerspace, Drummond Street Services is a mental health and wellbeing focused service for LGBTIQ communities, you can access information, check out our research, and get help and support in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space.